Over the past year, our family has been taken on a journey of discovery. Sitting where we are now, looking back at the path leading to this moment, we sit in wonderment. Never would we have guessed, out of two deaths and a meeting a sweet baby boy with cancer, God would reveal our calling in this world.
After viewing a heartbreaking Facebook post stating a recent newborn client, Treyden, had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia, our hearts immediately broke. About a week later, we visited them in the hospital and took a few moments to capture a couple images of the family. What we didn’t know was that this would be the Genesis of our life’s calling.
We donated our photo and video services to Treyden’s family several times throughout his battle. Our hearts were overwhelmed by the response from the family and thousands of other people following his story. This was impactful and meant something so much more than anything we had done to that point.
Two months ago, our sister-in-law’s baby girl passed away at 34 weeks gestation. I [Jenna] immediately felt a tug at my heart to ask them if they would like me to come and photograph their sweet baby after she was born. It was a battle with my heart because I didn’t think I would have the strength to do it, but God provided me more than strength; He provided healing through the process. At the memorial service for sweet Elizabeth, my sister-in-law hugged the picture frame of her daughter and stroked her face as she would have if she was holding her in her arms. There isn’t a good way to describe that moment except for powerful.
The next week my [Eric’s] father became ill with the blood infection Staph Aureus. He lost his memory, his ability to speak and his vision. It was so hard speaking to my father when his mental capacity was reduced to that of a two year old. Slowly he started coming back to us. He remembered us again. When we said we loved him, he said I love you too. But his recovery wouldn’t last. That Friday night, we were shooting a wedding when I received the call that his brain had hemorrhaged. I heard his last breathes on the telephone through my sobs. I told him I’d make him proud. I lost my dad that night. My father was a veteran from the Vietnam War era and was given military rites at his funeral. Jenna was able to keep composed and give us some amazing images from the 21-gun salute. Our family holds these images close to our hearts.
Through these events, we discovered our mission. We will be there for those in tribulation, loss, and victory. We wish to share stories of strength through adversity. Whether it’s a sick child or a wounded veteran returning home to face a new life. Whether it’s someone who has overcome adversity and wants to share their journey to inspire others, or someone who is at the foot of the hill and just taking their first steps to climb it. We will serve these people. We will also serve other non-profit organizations serving both in and out of the USA. We will be there on a case-by-case basis to share these stories with the world.
Here’s how you can help or mission. We are currently seeking a grant from Intuit.com. The more likes we get, the better our chances to receive the grant of $5,000. The grant will help us pay for legal fees and professional guidance to start our non-profit. Below is a link for the voting. You can vote once a day until May 12th. Please take some time and read our wish. If your heart is in line with ours please vote to help us raise the funds to launch our non-profit.
We are also accepting donations through gofundme.com. One time or reoccurring donations are both possible and greatly appreciated. Donations can be given at the following link. Immediately, we are trying to raise $4,200 towards the creation of our custom webpage from Julie Story.
For those interested in serving along side us, in your area, we would love for you to join our team. We aren’t quite ready to start building our team yet, but please follow us on our blog or Facebook for updates.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for supporting us.
Eric and Jenna Beach